Sun, 7 October 2007
Published Oct 7, 2007
Episode 29 SHOW NOTES
I had the opportunity to talk with Anna Swayne of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation recently. Listen as we walk through this emerging area of genealogy step-by-step and get a solid overview of how DNA testing can assist us in our family history research.
DNA & Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick
USA TODAY article - SMGF's founder, James LeVoy Sorenson, was featured in a USA Today article in June. The article focuses on Mr. Sorenson's work in genetic genealogy as well as his other companies.
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Tue, 2 October 2007
Published Oct 2, 2007
Episode 28 Show Notes
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Logitech Webcam Not only can you send video emails super quick and easy, but you can select one of their animated characters that you supply the voice for.
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GEM: GENEALOGY "COLD CALLS?
My Lady of the Telephone was performed by Joseph A. Phillips and chorus for Edison Records in 1915
Interview with Carolyn Ender from Texas who has conducted dozens of cold call research calls.
1) Identify the person you want to call
2) Locate the Person's Phone Number
3) Plan ahead
Consider recording the conversation
4) Get up the "nerve" to call - Be prepared. Say to yourself: "I can do this. This is important." Remember, all they can do is say "no thank you."
5) Introduce Yourself - Immediately identify yourself with first & last name & town. Indicate any family connection. Indicate who referred you to them.
6) Where to Begin - Talk about the family line you are researching
7) Reluctant Relatives - Share what youâve learned. Share your own memories of a shared relative. Mention something of particular interest in the family tree that might pique their interest. Offer to mail them some information and call again once theyâve had a chance to look at it.
8) During the Call - Take notes during the phone call. Confirm information that you already have
9) When There's No Answer - Leave a voice mail your name, number, why you are calling, & offer to call back.
10) Must Ask? Questions
11) Wrapping up the call - Thank them for their time. Ask for email address. Offer to give them your address and phone number.
12) Create Documentation Be sure to include the person's name, address, phone number and date of conversation.
14) Create a To Do List - Go through the notes you typed with a highlighter pen to mark items you will want to research further.
15) Follow-up Thank you card Birthday cards & Christmas card Follow up calls
GEM: Sweet Land
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Tue, 25 September 2007
The First Genealogy Gems Videocast: The Socks to America.
This is the documentary spoof (or should I say "sockumentary") video about the immigration of the fictitious Sockish-Americans. Currently featured on Roots Television, the video is now available for FREE download onto your video ipod exclusively with this unique video podcast.
Now you can "Sock It To Yourself" anytime you like!
The Socks to America Mugs: Immigration Story & I'm A Genealogist
(Caution: Don't drink & watch the video at the same time as you will be in danger of laughing which causes spitting!)
Sat, 22 September 2007
Published Sept 22, 2007
EPISODE 27 SHOW NOTES
RE: WorldVitalRecords - All "Recently Added Databases" on the site are offered for 10 days free when they are added.
A quick way to find keywords on a webpage such as the databases listed on World Vital Records is to use the "Find on this page" Function of Internet Explorer:
RE: Judy Gorman's email: Socks to America Video
Sock it to Me! Express your Sockish-American side with Socks to America Posters and Mugs! They would make hilarious holiday presents for your fellow genealogists.
Many listeners burn the podcast to CD for listening away from their computer, and I think donating them to your local genealogy society after you are done with them is a great idea. Here is a link to an official Genealogy Gems Podcast CD Label. It's formatted specifically for CD Stomper Label System which I use to create all kinds of professional looking labels for CDs and DVDs.
Genealogy Societies are also welcome to use excerpts from my newsletter in their society newsletter when they include the following author credit "by Lisa L. Cooke, The Genealogy Gems Podcast at www.lisalouisecooke.com".
Mon, 10 September 2007
Published Sept 10, 2007
EPISODE 26 SHOW NOTES
I'll be at the Northern Utah Genealogy Jamboree in Ogden this Saturday September 15, 2007. Booth #302. (Listen to Episode 25)
Gem: Organizing Your Internet Favorite Bookmarks
A more comprehensive organization strategy:
Within the GENEALOGY folder you could have:
To Alphabetize Your Favorites:
And all your folders will snap back into alphabetical order.
Be sure and subscribe to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter...Coming in the October edition: yet another way to use your iPod as a family history tool. Go to the Newsletter page and send an email to subscribe.
Announcing the premiere of the newest Genealogy Gems Production: The Socks to America. This video is a documentary spoof (a la Ken Burns) chronicling the immigration of the fictitious "Sockish" people (aka Sock Puppets). I invite Genealogists & Historians alike to sit back and enjoy a chuckle at our favorite pastime.
Wed, 5 September 2007
Published Sept 4, 2007
Book Announcement: Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast is finished and available online through Lulu Publishing.
It is jammed packed with genealogical gems that you can use straight from the book, or as you listen along to the podcast at LisaLouiseCooke.com. It was really important to me that the book be able to stand alone as a resource tool in addition to being a companion manual to the first twenty episodes of the podcast. You will find everything written out in step-by-step instructions, plus lots of photos, as well as many things that I never got a chance to talk about on the podcast or include in the newsletter.
Lulu is very cool because you can preview several pages of the book. It's very safe and secure to order with them online. Shipping hint: When you're checking out the shipping will automatically show as Priority Mail. If you're not in a huge hurry, use the drop down menu and select media mail - it's much less expensive. It usually takes about a week to receive Media Mail.
I hope to see you at the Northern Utah Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree at the Marriott Hotel, in Ogden on Saturday, September 15, 2007. I will be in Booth 302 in the Exhibition Hall. Stop by and say hello. For more information or to register online visit the My Ancestors Found website.
Newspapers: The Genealogy database site World Vital Records is providing "increased access" to the collection of NewspaperArchive.com database. The first release of the NewspaperArchive.com data (40 million records ranging from 1759 to 1923) went up Aug. 27, 2007. And World Vital Records is giving 10 days of free access to these new additions BROWSE
Gem: Some newspapers carry a history section or a 'looking back' column where they run old articles. World Vital Records only had a sampling of years from the past newspapers that are digitized. But the columns like "Twice Told Tales" that can be found in more recent newspapers, may include articles about the family that the website didn't have the originals of. So don't dismiss those new issues - you may find some real gems!
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Mon, 27 August 2007
SHOW NOTES Episode 24
Published August 26, 2007
The National Archives and Records Administration has taken the leap and raised their record reproduction fees. The new fees don't become effective until October 1, 2007, so youâve go a window of opportunity to order records at the old lower prices.
KodakGallery - Create a Family History Calendar. Consider highlighting an ancestor each month. It would make a wonderful holiday gift. Save 25% off calendars with coupon code SCHOOLCAL at Kodak Gallery
My NEW book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast will be out VERY soon,. It will include step by step details from everything covered in Episodes 1 through 20. Check the website often for the official publish date.
Correction: The title of the book I mentioned in Episode 19 called Papa's Way is incorrect. The title of the book by Thyra Ferre Bjorn is Papa's Wife.
Here's another Swedish Book recommendation that I received from Anna-karin Shander who lives in Sweden and is host of Anna-Karin's Genealogical Podcast. The book is called The Emigrants - The Emigrant Novels Book 1 by Wilhelm Moberg. ordered my copy. With Fall coming, doesnât it sound wonderful to curl up on the couch with some hot coffee and a novel called "The Emigrants"? The Emigrants by Wilhelm Moberg
GEMS: A Tour of Genealogy Gems TV
In Episode 24 I take you on a tour of the new videos on the Genealogy Gems TV webpage. Click on the VIDEOS button or on the Genealogy Gems TV icon in the top right corner of the home page to check out all the new videos.
Attention Podcast Listeners: Take a picture of yourself listening on your computer or listening to the podcast on your ipod and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make it funny, make it serious, you can hold up a sign saying that you're listening to the show or what you think of it. Whatever you want to do is fine with me. Include your name and let me know in the email if it's ok to use or not. You may find your photo on the upcoming Listeners page where I can show off my awesome audience.
Sun, 19 August 2007
Published August 19, 2007
Episode 23 SHOW NOTES
According to alert listener Richard Yehle, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests can receive acknowledgement letters from the US Dept. of Homeland Security / US Citizen and Immigration Services in just two weeks. Richard's requests were placed on a speedier "simple track." This means that response time has been drastically cut from the six months it took me to receive answers about 5 years ago. This is good news for genealogists! Better yet, you now have the option of requesting a CD with pdf file, instead of paper files, if the number of pages is over 15. We"re all waiting with bated breath to hear back from Richard when he receives the final results from his request for his great grandfather's records.
GEM: Follow up - Using Your Video iPod As A Genealogy Tool
Proactive listener Donna wrote this week to ask what the best format and resolution was for saving pictures to be viewed on the Video iPod.
For photos to be viewed on a television screen, save them as JPEG files at 300 dpi resolution.
For photos strictly viewed on your iPod, resize them to reduce their ipod storage requirements. Here's how:
To Reduce Image Size:
I was able to reduce my original 1.24 MB photo to just 141 KB. This saves LOTS of room on your iPod!
Photo Slideshow Troubleshooting Checklist
GEM: Home Movie Hint
Please permit me to share a suggestion you may find useful... I recently took a number of old movie reels (from the 1940s) out to be transferred to DVD, as I'd long intended to do.
Regarding Brick Walls:
If you're ready to give up you're probably closer than you think. Or as they said in Galaxy Quest: "Never Give Up, Never Surrender!"
Sun, 12 August 2007
Published August 12, 2007
When my grandmother had to downsize and move into an assisted living facility, my aunt stumbled upon a beautiful silk baby dress and a pair of leather button-up baby shoes that had belonged to my grandmother. She had these framed for me along with a photograph of my grandmother on her 1st birthday wearing them! She gave the finished product to me because she knew how much I am fascinated by our family's history. Sincerely, Diana Larson?
Email from Barbara Murphy, NY:
Use the time while you"re downloading podcasts to make a few entries into a memory book! That's a gem of an idea!
GEM: Turn Your Video iPodInto A Family History Tool
The Micro memo snaps easily into the connector at the base of the video ipod. It has a flexible microphone and built in speaker. When you plug it into your ipod it automatically puts your ipod in Voice Memo mode with the option to start recording.
How To Record
How To Download Recordings to Your Computer
How Two Use Two Desktop Microphones For An Interview
How To Record With An External Microphone Or Other Source In Stereo
How To Load Images Onto Your Video iPod:
ITunes has now copied all of the photos from that folder onto your iPod. You'll see that happening in the box at the top of the Itunes screen.
How To View Your Images On Your iPod
How To View Your iPod Photos And Videos On Your Television
How To Create A Photo Slideshows In Your iPod
So now you can gather the family around the television set and share your photos, and videos in big, living color with your Video iPod
I hope if you do purchase any of the items I mentioned today, you'll do it through the links on my website. The links simply tell the vendor who referred you. The price is the same and your personal information goes ONLY to the vendor. By purchasing through my website link, you help support this podcast and defer the production costs. So we all win.
Your iPod is fun AND hard working. Happy listening AND viewing!!
Sun, 5 August 2007
Published August 5, 2007
Genealogy Reviews Online blog: Genealogy Gems - You've Got to Check this One Out.
Lisa's Movie Pick: Full of Life (1957). It's a really heartwarming movie about immigrants and their American born children that you can watch comfortably with your kids and your grandkids.
The novel by John Fante is still available: Full of Life by John Fante
GEM: Freedom of Information Act Follow Up
Email from Richard Hrazanek: "I loved the tip about requesting your ancestor's immigration file through the Freedom of Information Act. Do you know if you can do the same thing with a person's military record."
FOIA can assist you in obtaining military records.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Website article: How to use the Freedom of Information Act.
Rod Powers of About.com does a great job outlining how to obtain military records
The National Archives website article: Access to Military Records by the General Public, including genealogists who are not next-of-kin
Timothy E. Blaise's website devoted to the 4th Infantry Division 224th Infantry Regiment Company "D" which his uncle served in. Timothy outlines his experience with obtaining military records.
GEM: Thanks for the Memories
Get a piece of paper or pull up a word document. Close your eyes for a second, and visualize a favorite memory from your childhood. In my case I started with a favorite place, my maternal grandma's house. But perhaps yours is the back alley where you and your friends played baseball, or your great uncle's garage where he showed you how to work on cars. Whatever is meaningful to you. Now, open your eyes, and write your thoughts one at a time. Just free flow it. They don't have to be complete sentences.
Later you can try your hand at writing more of your actual experiences or memories of a person. Again, it doesn't have to be a novel or sound really professional. It's just the memories from you heart.
Tie together this gem with episode 20's Sweet Memories gem where we made a family history chocolate bar label for a candy bar that could be tucked in a Christmas Stocking as a gift. Replace the Ingredient's list on the back label with a text box that includes these free flowing memories about the photo that appears on the front label.